Actor and action star Bruce Willis is retiring from acting to focus on his health after a medical diagnosis.
Bruce Willis announced on Wednesday that he is walking away from acting after being diagnosed with aphasia, a condition that causes one to lose the ability to understand or express speech. There are many potential causes of aphasia and often occurs after a stroke or head injury but can also develop gradually. It’s treated primarily with speech therapy and learning non-verbal means of communication.
The family released a statement that reads:
“To Bruce’s amazing supporters, as a family we wanted to share that our beloved Bruce has been experiencing some health issues and has recently been diagnosed with aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. As a result of this and with much consideration Bruce is stepping away from the career that has meant so much to him. This is a really challenging time for our family and we are so appreciative of your continued love, compassion and support. We are moving through this as a strong family unit and wanted to bring his fans in because we know how much he means to you, as you do to him. As Bruce always says, “Live it up” and together we plan to do just that.”
Bruce Willis was born in 1955 and began his acting career in off-Broadway productions in the 1970’s. His big breakthrough came when he stared alongside Cybill Shepherd in Moonlighting which aired on ABC from 1985 to 1989. In 1988 Willis would star in what would become his most iconic role, Die Hard. Willis would play John McClane, a New York City cop who gets caught up in a terrorist takeover of a Los Angeles skyscraper while visiting his estranged wife.
Willis film career is a long list of movies that include Unbreakable, 12 Monkeys, The Fifth Element, Armageddon, The Sixth Sense, Pulp Fiction and Red just to name a few. While it is sad that an illness has forced Willis to end his career, we can be grateful that he leaves plenty of films for his fans to watch at home at any time.
We here at Reggie’s Take wish Mr. Willis the best in his future.